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Civil Rights Groups Divided On Net Neutrality

Radical Moderate Wish I had mod points (127 comments)

Great comment. Do you have a newsletter? :-)

about two weeks ago
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Civil Rights Groups Divided On Net Neutrality

Radical Moderate I don't get it (127 comments)

As far as I know, most minorities have access to electricity, water, and telephones. But treating internet like a utility will somehow keep it out of the inner city? And the free market will soon be bringing low-cost internet to the poor that's just as good as the overpriced connection I pay for? What planet do these guys live on?

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Forgets To Delete Revealing Note From Blog Post

Radical Moderate Re:They would lose me (114 comments)

We used to have DSL, but we're so far from the substation that streaming video....didn't. So it's overpriced comcast or nothing. Yay free market!!!!!

I will say Comcast's service has gone from pretty good with frequent patches of crappiness, to mostly pretty good. Which it damn well should be, for what we're paying them.

about two weeks ago
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IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

Radical Moderate Re:I Have Doubts (196 comments)

Also, the prosperity gains from the previous transformations seem to be pretty short lived. It's almost as if those at the top rig the system so they get all the benefits.

about two weeks ago
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IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

Radical Moderate Grrr, techno coffeemakers (196 comments)

Bought a new coffeemaker last year, it has an oh-so-helpful alarm to let you know when the coffee's finished. Which can't be switched off. So when I get up early on Saturday to a nice quiet house, my frickin coffee-maker has to emit 5 piercing beeps to let all the sleepers know I'm making coffee. Really nice when someone is crashed in the living room.

We need a coffee luddite movement.

about two weeks ago
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Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

Radical Moderate Re:Not a jet pack (55 comments)

Fire departments do a lot of EMT work. This would be a great tool for getting a medic to an injured person in rugged terrain. But aside from that, I'm not seeing it either. And your medic will need to be well-trained in flying this thing, or he'll need a medic. Training is expensive, combined with the cost of buying this thing the market for these seems pretty limited.

In short, I don't see sales of this jet pack taking off.*ducks*

about a month ago
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Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

Radical Moderate Yep. I'm two years older than Duncan (134 comments)

My high school did not have computers. The junior college I attended did, for those that took programming classes. Radio Shak was selling the TRS-80, we'd hang out at the mall and play Star Trek on it. So no, computers weren't everywhere, but they weren't hard to find. I have to confess I'm not familiar with PLATO.

about a month ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Radical Moderate For the mathophobes... (188 comments)

Earth's gravity is roughly 10m/s^2, so the the comet's gravitational attraction is about ten thousand times weaker than ours. Disclaimer: I am not a physicist, and yes, I know "ten thousand times weaker" is crappy phrasing.

about a month ago
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333 Km/h Rocket-Powered Bicycle Sets New Speed Record

Radical Moderate Heh! Indeed (51 comments)

I do love the fact that the thing has what appears to be a functional rear derailler.

about a month ago
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US Postal Service Hacked, 500k+ Employees and Public Data Breached

Radical Moderate "Distribute"?? (46 comments)

" 66,734 attempts to distribute credit-card information..and 345,342 attempts to distribute social security numbers."

Is there a definition of distribute that I'm not aware of? If I break into a bank, I'm not trying to distribute a million dollars. Who are these hackers, Robin Hood?

about a month ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Radical Moderate Comcast plays both sides (706 comments)

They give plenty to both parties . No reason to think Democrats are in their pockets any more than Republicans.

about a month ago
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Report: Federal Workers, Contractors Behind Half of Government Cyber Breaches

Radical Moderate It's a problem, but not just the feds: (61 comments)

From TFA: "Since 2006, there have been more than 87 million sensitive or private records exposed by breaches of federal networks, ..... By comparison, retail businesses lost 255 million records during that time, financial and insurance services lost 212 million and educational institutions lost 13 million."

My bank is constantly sending out new credit cards because businesses (hey there Home Depot!) won't implement basic security measures to prevent data theft. Data security is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, but "Blame the incompetent gubmint!!!" isn't where we should start.

about a month ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

Radical Moderate A beach can disappear very quickly (264 comments)

I used to work at a beach-front hotel on Maui, a storm wiped out our entire beach in a couple days and started eating away at the grounds of the hotel, until they brought in truckloads of boulders to protect it. It was pretty amazing. I'm told most of the sand at Waikiki was shipped from another island, don't know if that's true.

about a month and a half ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

Radical Moderate Every tool has limitations (236 comments)

Be aware of them, and work within them or around them. You might need to upgrade your GPS receiver. My first android phone had GPS, but it was crappy to the point of being worthless.

about a month and a half ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Radical Moderate Two Words: Morning Joe (392 comments)

ahem

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

Radical Moderate MS Office doesn't help (114 comments)

... almost every doc I open is opened in a locked state, Windows tosses up a message asking if I want to unlock it to make changes, or even to print it, I believe. That's a great way to train your users to click "OK" to every message they see.

about 2 months ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Radical Moderate "Smiling workers"?! (275 comments)

I'm sorry, but something about that just sets my teeth on edge. Reminds me of old Soviet propaganda newsreels. I refuse to believe all 46,000 employees at the shipyard are smiling all the time...and if they are, something's seriously wrong. Unless he was there at 4:20

I also have a hard time believing someone named their son Alastair Philip Wiper, but the world is a strange place.

about 2 months ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Radical Moderate But is this still a thing? (164 comments)

Back in the days of print, sure, get a dozen mags in your pocket and you can pass your crap off as gold, for a while anyway. But now? There's a billion gamer websites and blogs, and anybody posting a fluffy review will get eaten alive by their readers, pull that a couple times and you're credibility is toast.

I'm not asking rhetorically, I honestly don't know, I don't follow the gaming press much. I don't see how they can have enough influence to be worth paying off.

about 2 months ago

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Microsoft to become more like Apple?

Radical Moderate Radical Moderate writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Radical Moderate (563286) writes "Inspired by Apple's recent successes, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says that MS is changing the way it deals with Dell, HP, and other hardware vendors to create "great end-to-end experiences". No word yet on what exactly that change entails, but analysts are speculating . The Seattle Post Intelligencer has the full text of Ballmer's e-mail. "
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